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Land Rover Defender SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

High running costs are likely to see some buyers hold off for the arrival of the plug-in hybrid

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4.4 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.5 out of 5

Defender buyers will be able to choose between diesel, petrol and mild-hybrid power, depending on what suits their needs and driving habits the best. Sadly, none provide especially low running costs.

Land Rover clearly prioritised performance, versatility and rugged looks over fuel-efficiency - just as they did with the original. Even the most economical version of the new Defender just manages to tip over 30mpg, while (WLTP) CO2 figures north of 230g/km mean company-car drivers will face a hefty Benefit-in-Kind bill.

Unlike the original Landie, which had the same commercial status as a van or pickup, the new Defender 90 and 110 are classed as private vehicles, so business owners won't be able to claim the VAT back. At least until a more van-like Defender Commercial arrives later on, that is. We also expect a petrol plug-in hybrid will arrive in due course, as Land Rover has committed to a strategy of electrification for all its models - details have yet to be confirmed.

Land Rover Defender MPG & CO2

There are two diesel 'Ingenium' 2.0-litre turbo engines badged D200 and D240 that both return up to 32.2mpg in the 90 and 31.7mpg in the Defender 110. CO2 emissions span from 230-253g/km (WLTP).

The 2.0-litre turbo petrol P300 can manage around 25mpg with emissions of over 250g/km, the same ballpark figures as the 3.0-litre P400 mild hybrid.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for pricey, complex SUVs tend to be a bit higher than for normal cars. That's certainly the case here, because even the entry-level D200 sits in group 31 out of 50, while the D240 First Edition sits in group 38. That's the same rating as the P300 petrol receives in SE trim, while the P400 X is in group 44.

Warranty

Land Rover provides a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty with its new models, which matches BMW and Mercedes. It's not as generous as some brands, though; the Kia Sorento comes with a seven-year warranty as standard.

Servicing

Land Rover offers servicing plans that can help spread the cost of maintenance, so they're worth exploring with the dealership. It's also worth noting that diesel engines require AdBlue top-ups every so often.

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